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Charlotte Dujardin’s Meteoric Rise to the Top

Incredible as it may seem, Charlotte is a relative newcomer to the sport, yet she is probably as well-known a dressage figure as icons Isabell Werth or Anky van Grunsven. It took Anky, the “Queen of Kur,” from 1994 to 2008 and two great horses to achieve concurrent titles in international championships. It took Charlotte one fantastic partner and just four years to attain the same feat. Charlotte’s rise can only be described as astronomic. Five years before the London Olympics, where she was team and individual gold medalist with Carl Hester and Roly Luard’s Dutch gelding Valegro, Charlotte hadn’t even ridden an advanced dressage horse. Less than two years before London, she competed with Valegro in her first grand prix. Today, she and Valegro currently hold the world record scores for the grand prix (87.129%), the grand prix special (88.022%) and the freestyle (93.975%). As it turned out, leaving…

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